Potsdammer Platz

Potsdammer Platz

Potsdammer Platz,
Berlin, Germany
Opening Hours: Summer (May 1 to September 30)
10 AM to 8 PM

Winter (October 1 to April 30)
10 AM to 6 PM

Transformed in just five years from a barren piece of no-man’s-land into Berlin’s sparkling new commercial heart, Potsdammer Platz is chock full of shiny state-of-the-art office blocks, cinemas, shopping malls, and museums. It has become the symbol of ‘new’ Berlin, rising phoenix-like out of the wasteland of communist East Germany as a symbol of Berlin’s return to the world stage. Architectural highlights include the Arkaden shopping mall and the Kollhoff Building, with the fastest elevator in Europe to whisk visitors 103 meters to the PanoramaPunkt viewing terrace for great views over the city. The square is dominated by the vast swirling glass-and-steel Sony Center, which is stuffed full of stores, upscale hotels, cafés, restaurants, the vast BLUEMAX screen, and a museum of German film in the Filmhaus. Renzo Piano’s imposing theater and Debis House are welcome additions to the glamor of 21st-century Berlin, along with public buildings by Richard Rogers, José Rafael Moneo, and Arata Isozaki as part of Piano’s 19-building program to rejuvenate the area. Tip: there is a great exhibition of old photographs in the PanoramaPunkt, illustrating the decline of the divided city of Berlin under communist rule.

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